Workspaces across the cluster are being modernised to allow for more flexible and collaborative working. Transport Mode takes a look at activity based working and the many benefits it brings.

When you walk into an office that’s been redesigned based on the principles of activity based working, you immediately get the impression of a modern, forward-thinking organisation.

But it’s so much more than a fresh fitout. Supported by seamless technology and offering a range of workspaces and modern equipment, many Transport cluster staff are becoming advocates for their modern,
agile workplaces.

We’re converting office locations to activity based working ones because it uses space efficiently and can support teams in becoming flexible, collaborative and more productive. In fact, we’ve already converted approximately 2,500 workspaces and some 30,000 square metres of office space at Roads and Maritime, Sydney Trains and Sydney Metro.

What is activity based working?

In activity based working offices, staff have a locker for their belongings and can move around, using a variety of spaces designed to support different working styles and tasks. These workplaces are different to traditional offices where employees are assigned to a fixed work station. 

Warwick Scott, Boating Safety Officer at Roads and Maritime has been singing the praises of activity based working since the offices at Rozelle were converted earlier this year. He says it’s all about choice. 

“If you’re working together with colleagues, you can go to a collaborative workspace where you are supported by a suite of communication tools and technology. But we also have quiet spaces, where we can go to concentrate and focus on a task,” says Warwick. 

He also loves having an IT concierge on site to resolve issues, rather than having to pick up the phone and log a ticket.


Lets take a closer look...

Activity based working offices are bright, open and clean. Staff can choose to sit at desks with dual screens or they can use standing desks and other features such as hands-free headsets. Meeting spaces can be booked online centrally or by using electronic keypads outside each room.


Offices have a variety of workspaces, both formal, for example desks, meeting rooms and quiet spaces, and informal such as seating areas with café-style tables and chairs. Staff are able to use informal seating areas for pairs and small groups, or individual work.


The open-plan spaces and communal areas promote dynamic information sharing and collaboration, while the larger meeting rooms are set up for group work and discussion. 


Activity based working offices are enabled by efficient technology. Most meeting rooms have video conferencing facilities, and many have touchscreen whiteboards, so you can work online and save to your PC. All staff have laptops and – with wi-fi and ‘follow me’ printing in the building – can work from anywhere, with seamless access to the applications and information they need to do their job.

Activity based working locations include:

• Milsons Point – Roads and Maritime
• Macquarie Park – TfNSW
• Rozelle – Roads and Maritime
• Parramatta – Roads and Maritime
• L27, 477 Pitt Street – TfNSW
• Wagga Wagga – Roads and Maritime
• New construction at Newcastle – Roads and Maritime

Activity based working coming soon to:

• George Street, Burwood – Multi Agency
• The Hub at Clyde – Sydney Trains
• The ROC at Green Square – Sydney Trains
• The Macquarie Park Transport cluster Hub – TfNSW
• The Gateway building, Mascot – Multi Agency
• 680 George St, Sydney – TfNSW